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New England Generation Fuel Mix Changes Likely as Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant Retires

February 6, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Vermont Yankee and Fuel Replacement

On December 29, 2014, Entergy shut down its Vermont Yankee nuclear facility after 42 years in service. Vermont Yankee had a capacity of 604 megawatts (MW), generating nearly five million megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity per year since 2010.[read more]

Prevention is Easier and Less Painful Than Cure: Keep Vermont Yankee Operable

December 30, 2014 by Rod Adams

Vermont Yankee and Future Planning

For many reasons, including lack of focused attention by some of the people who will be most affected, the Vermont Yankee saga is in the bottom of the ninth, the home team is behind by a run or two, there are two outs, and there is already one strike on the batter at the plate.[read more]

Vermont Yankee: Clean Kilowatt Cow That Deserves Saving

May 3, 2014 by Rod Adams

Save Vermont Yankee?

Vermont Yankee is a 650 MWe nuclear power plant in excellent physical condition. It has an operating license that is valid through 2031 and it is run by a well-trained operational staff. It supplies power to a grid where 60% of capacity comes from natural gas delivered via constrained pipeline system.[read more]

What a Waste – Vermont Yankee is in Beautiful Condition

March 29, 2014 by Rod Adams

The Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon, Vermont is a relatively young steam plant that uses a low-cost, essentially emission-free fuel. It is strategically located in an area with few fossil fuel resources, extreme weather, and frequent spikes in electricity prices.[read more]

Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant Closure: There is Work Yet to be Done

September 12, 2013 by Howard Shaffer

Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant

On August 27, Entergy announced that it plans to close the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in the fall of 2014, when the plant’s current fuel is depleted. Entergy plans to decommission the plant using the SAFSTOR option, which consists of defueling, mothballing the plant for a period, then dismantling it by the end of 60 years.[read more]

Vermont Yankee Nuclear Energy Plant Wins in Appeals Court

August 19, 2013 by Meredith Angwin

Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant

On Wednesday, the federal appeals court in New York ruled in favor of Vermont Yankee, upholding Judge Murtha's decision that the Vermont legislature had attempted to shut down Vermont Yankee on illegal grounds by regulating on nuclear safety, the domain of the NRC.[read more]

Power Play: People, Politics, Electricity, Nuclear Energy

August 14, 2013 by Howard Shaffer

Nuclear Power Play

Energy-related events in Vermont continue to be a jumble of citizen activism, political maneuvering, changes to the electric power system, and an overall focus on nuclear energy issues. The Vermont Yankee nuclear plant continues to run well.[read more]

Sea to Shining Sea: Which US States Use the Most Fossil Fuels?

emissions by state/EIA

A lot of the debate over energy and climate change has focused on changing how people live. But in a lot of ways, where someone lives is as important as how they live.[read more]

High Level Waste and Legal Wrangles at Vermont Yankee

October 8, 2012 by Meredith Angwin

High Level Waste is a (legal) Question At Vermont Yankee Low level waste is a success story, but high level waste is a legal question at Vermont Yankee.  High level waste storage has become a central issue as the federal court case begins the appeals process. Spent Fuel as PretextIn the past, the Vermont legislature attempted...[read more]

Carbon Dioxide and Nuclear Energy: The Great Divide and How to Cross It

July 11, 2012 by Meredith Angwin

"Cult Versus Cult" on Global WarmingThe Whole Earth CatalogWilliam Tucker, author of Terrestrial Energy,  has a provocative posting in Nuclear Townhall: When it Comes to Nuclear and Global Warming, It's Cult vs Cult.  Basically, many nuclear supporters believe that global warming is not happening. Meanwhile, people who are...[read more]

NRC and Vermont Yankee Win In Federal Court

June 27, 2012 by Meredith Angwin

The Vermont Department of Public Service sued the NRC, claiming that the NRC should not have issued a license extension to Vermont Yankee because the plant's water quality permits were not in order.  Today, a federal court in Washington ruled for the NRC and for Vermont Yankee...the license extension was upheld.I am still at the ANS...[read more]

Vermont Yankee is Not Fukushima

April 5, 2012 by Meredith Angwin

Vermont Yankee is not Fukushima On March 11, 2011, a massive earthquake and tsunami struck Japan. Schools collapsed, villages were swept out to sea, and an estimated 20,000 people died. Five nuclear stations containing fifteen reactors were affected by the tsunami. All the reactors survived the earthquake, but transmission...[read more]

Law School Professor Explains Why the State Never Really Had a Case Against Vermont Yankee

March 25, 2012 by Meredith Angwin

 Cheryl Hanna of Vermont Law School spoke on WCAX about the court case about Vermont Yankee. The state of Vermont never had much of a case to start with. I have tried to embed the clip of her interview. If I have not succeeded, here's the link to the three minute video on WCAX. Meanwhile, Tony Klein, head of the Vermont...[read more]

More on Vermont Yankee and the Public Service Board

March 5, 2012 by Meredith Angwin

Everyone Appeals the RulingAfter Judge Murtha's ruling on Vermont Yankee, the State decided to appeal to the Circuit Court. Entergy did not appeal the ruling, but instead prepared to go before the Public Service Board (PSB) for a Certificate of Public Good. Originally, Entergy had wanted the judge to rule that the PSB docket was tainted...[read more]

"We don’t say safety when we’re talking Vermont Yankee."

February 10, 2012 by Joseph Koblich

Entergy’s Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant’s operating license would have expired on March 21, 2012, but the Nuclear Regulatory Commission extended the license to 2032. Vermont’s legislature and a vocal part of the state’s population don’t like the idea of Vermont Yankee’s continued operation. So, when confronted with an...[read more]